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Sean Murphy, a young medical student, investigates the incredible success rate at a prestigious Florida medical center and finds an international conspiracy willing to put a price tag on life itself to fund the staggering cost of medical research.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Planeta Pub Corp (first published 1992)
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Mansuriah Hassan
Jul 15, 2016 Mansuriah Hassan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several books by Robin Cook and have thoroughly enjoyed them but Terminal was a total disappointment. It starts out ok, but goes downhill once it gets going. The concept behind the plot was good, and had much potential for being a masterpiece but this was shoddy and unbelievable. His two main characters, Sean Murphy and Janet Reardon were unrealistic. No medical student could possibly possess the knowledge he did. Janet is from a snobby Boston family and received a degree from Welles ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Zachary rated it did not like it
This is a lousy book. Some Robin Cook novels are decent thrill rides with a bit of medical horror. Others are just outright bad, with paper thin characters doing incredibly stupid things for incredibly stupid reasons. This is one of the bad ones. Much just doesn't make any sense, and the main character is like a parody of a driven medical researcher. There are red herrings everywhere that are obviously red herrings because they pop up and then disappear. There is even a serial killer who is intr ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Philip rated it liked it
This was one of the hardest books that I have read; I just almost didn't even finish it. It is full of medical terms, even though I knew Robin Cook wrote mostly in the medical field. I have read a couple of his books in the past, but this one just didn't impress me.
Horrible, this was the literary version of a bad buffet. An extremely unlikeable hero, an emotionally weak heroine, and the plot was simply a bunch of prior books' plots thrown in together. A total mess
Soumya Gupta
Oct 12, 2015 Soumya Gupta rated it really liked it
Even though the book gives little/no hint of suspense in the 'starting' , the story, as it progresses, keeps you from putting the book down. Definitely there are loads of biotechnology and Molecular biology references and one with no interest in that or cancer stuff might find it exaggerated medical jargon. I personally liked the protagonist unlike the usual ideal fellows we always expect. This being my first medical thriller...I loved it.
Delicious Strawberry
Dec 16, 2015 Delicious Strawberry rated it it was ok
Shelves: robin-cook
After having read several Robin Cook books, I found the plot to be pretty predictable. There's a conspiracy by powerful people in the medicine/science field and so some plucky, young character gets to the root of that conspiracy and his/her life is risked for it. In this case, rich people are being purposely infected with brain cancer (for which a handy treatment has already been created by the same people responsible for the infections) so that they will pay the medical center vast amounts of m ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Umut rated it liked it
Kitap yazarın kitaplarındaki tüm klişeleri bir arada bulundurma gibi bir özelliğe sahip. Başlarken iki üç farklı sahnede, kitabın konusu hastalığa yakalananlar ya da ölenler, dahi ama aynı zamanda isyankar, gıcık, kendini beğenmiş bir doktor adayı, bu adayın son derece güzel ama ezik, pısırık, sevgilisi ne derse yapan kız arkadaş, pis işlerin döndüğü bir sağlık kuruluşu, bu kuruluşta kafasına göre hastaları öldüren bir akıl hastası, esas oğlanı takip eden bir adam ve esas oğlanı takip eden adamı ...more
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 10, 2014 Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it
I'm having better luck with Robin Cook with each book I try. I previously read 'Toxin,' and found it somewhat sloppily written, and with characters I just didn't like much.

Now, with 'Terminal,' the characters were also of the sort I didn't like. Sean Murphy is an irish genius-type working in the field of research genetics (or biotechnology, or something. It went over my head, a lot). He's brash. He's abrasive. He did coke when he was young, stole cars to send money to the IRA, and is an arrogant
After collecting dust on my shelf for many years, I decided it is time to let go of the books in this series.
I used to like them a lot, but the magic seems to have gone. Maybe I can do someone else a favor.
sauliha  Ibrahim
Aug 10, 2014 sauliha Ibrahim rated it liked it
Okay i hardly think it's 3.5...After reading coma i found Robin Cook amazing but coming to this part i regret buying the book. The introduction to the characters takes away one fourth of the book. The character too do not seem realistic. There is nothing that could keep you glued to the book. The biology and the experiments areare described in detail to the extent that it makes it so disinteresting. Wonder how would an arts student struggle with it. The action comes in last 4-5 chapters. Really ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I've accepted that Robin Cook basically uses the same plot again and again. A curious young academic/doctor gets involved with an organization that promises to change the world for the better etc. and finds out that said organization is taking advantage of clients and performing morally despicable deeds (often in the name of science). I've accepted it and moved on. I continue to read his books because they are quick reads and more intellectually stimulating and intelligent than a lot of other su ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical-fiction
Love medical fiction by Robin Cook! If I could, I think I would go back to school to become a nurse, but SIGH in my forties I am not there, so..............I read Robin Cook!! Anyway, I read this book the week before a friend of mine was to go in for brain surgery to remove two tumors so this book was a little bit of a scary thrill for me - I didn't intend to do this but it was the way that I picked this book up off of my pile. Good read!
Stevie Kellogg
Feb 02, 2016 Stevie Kellogg rated it it was ok
A slog with all of the medical terminology! Couple of things, bad sentence structure. Not sure who the editor was, he didn't do his job. I had to read some paragraphs a couple of times to understand what was being conveyed, frustrating. Other was the anticlimactic ending. In-depth and biotech story lines and then, The End.

The saving grace were the side mysteries. Lots of background on those.
Danny Xu
Apr 21, 2014 Danny Xu rated it liked it
It was quite hard to get into at the beginning of the book but it started to get more interesting at the end. The protagonist goes through many hardships to prove his point. He does unthinkable things to achieve his goals.
Ashwathi Pillai
Feb 11, 2016 Ashwathi Pillai rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites, i-own
One of my all time favourites; though Coma by Robin Cook was pretty much running on the same lines (and arguably much better). I wouldn't really recommend this book to someone who isn't particularly involved in the medical field or has a keen interest in the said area. The prologue is a little rushed up but does build up an interest for the mentioned patients. It could get a little tiresome and boring when the reader reaches halfway through as the writer has very minutely described various medic ...more
Pranay Venkatesh
The book was alright. The language wasn't great, but it was very clear as to what was going on. The plot was stable. It never got boring, but the end was pretty clear once one finished 75% of the book
Dec 27, 2014 Barney rated it liked it
As usual, too much of medical jargon. I couldn't understand how the specific tumour was created and grown inside each patient. What I liked are the thrilling elements right from the point where Sean Murphy steps into Forbes Medical Centre.
I thought the story line was going one way and it ended up going another. Kept my interest.
Laurie Stoll
Jul 14, 2015 Laurie Stoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robin-cook, borrowed
Robin Cook at his best. Terminal has humor, suspense, and interesting topics.
Arwen Fowler-jonsson
Not a great medical mystery. Probably deserves 2 and a half stars!!
Oct 29, 2015 Mah rated it liked it
I like how Cook gradually built suspense in it, but it has already been told that characters were weak and sloppy.
Karl Patureau
Jan 18, 2014 Karl Patureau rated it liked it
Robin Cook... Robin Cook is a wonderful, storytelling doctor. I only hope that medicine and greed never get out of hand as bad as in this novel. This book was a decent read. It blended a lot of plot elements that read well. Romance, suspense, and thriller genre mixed well here.
Nov 09, 2011 Suby rated it really liked it
The book is about a money making cancer research hospital in Miami where they produce cancer symptoms to patients by injecting encephalitis causing virus and treat with conventional medicine to effect a cure. They keep choosing well healed people and accept donations from them for the cure effected.
The hero finds out all about the operation and exposes it at considerable danger to himself and his girlfriend.
The book is well written. Still the quality is not same of that of some Dr. Cook's earli
Nov 14, 2014 Sucharita rated it it was ok
Quite a predictable book.
Jun 11, 2010 Magda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, own
The book was great. The storyline was interesing. Not only the thriller part was superb but the part concerning the relationship between the main characters also was built well. Like in all books written by R.Cook the story is interesting the whole time but when you are getting closer and closer to the ending, the plot is getting more and more chilling. I liked this book and I can recommend it with the clear conscience , especially for the Cook fans.
Nancy (Apple) Schnore
Aug 29, 2010 Nancy (Apple) Schnore rated it it was amazing
I liked this book and have read other Robin Cook books. His books are medical thrillers. Cook received his postgraduate medical training at Harvard. I like the medical vocabulary too. I like to skip around to different authors, such as I have read Grisham to collect law vocab. and so on. The stories from these authors are exciting and you add to your vocab.
Jul 02, 2014 Bearcatgary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I'm not sure if I've ever read any Robin Cook books before, but he seems like a good author. After 100 pages or so, I had a hard time putting down the book.

The book follows a rebellious Harvard grad student as he unravels the dark secrets of a Florida cancer clinic.

Lara Mcque
Sep 05, 2013 Lara Mcque rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books by Robin Cook. In seventh grade I bet my teacher I could read Acceptable Risk, Fatal Cure, and Terminal in two weeks and they were two of the best weeks of my life. I fell in love with the characters and Cook's writing style and have continued reading him ever since.
Mike Gettel
Aug 28, 2012 Mike Gettel rated it really liked it
my first medical thriller and it didn't dissapoint. although the two central characters can be annoying at times, they had a certain charm to them that keeps the story entertaining. medical jargon aside, it wasn't hard to follow and plan to read other robin cook stories in the future
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Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who combined medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. Several of his books have been b
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